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Southwestern College
  • Position Number: 2229498
  • Location: Chula Vista, CA
  • Position Type: Campus Safety and Police

Chief Safety Officer (Also known as Chief of Police)

Southwestern College

Work Site: 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Department: College Police

District Values
Incumbents in District positions are expected to exhibit an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and employees, including those with physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.

Southwestern College Police Department Mission Statement
The Southwestern College Police Department is entrusted with a tremendous responsibility to serve the campus communities with skillful, dedicated, and compassionate constitutional policing and public safety services. We recognize that effective law enforcement relies upon partnerships with those we serve and this is only obtained by building and fostering trust. We pledge to work cooperatively with those we serve to promote a safe and positive learning environment.

In support of the Districts Mission, Vision & Values, all District employees are committed to serving a diverse community of students and to providing equitable support services that offer clear pathways to student learning and success. The District strives to maintain a student-centered environment that intentionally identifies and removes barriers in order to cultivate success for all, and purposefully addresses the effects of systemic inequities. The removal of systemic inequalities includes honoring and respecting diversity and fostering a safe and welcoming community where all are inspired to participate and realize a sense of belonging. It also includes utilizing natural, physical, and financial resources equitably, effectively, and respectfully in order to support student well-being and success.

The Chief Safety Officer works to ensure the safety of the college and centers. The Chief Safety Officer plans, organizes, manages and provides administrative direction and oversight for all functions and activities of the College Police Services, including patrol, parking services, investigations, and support services; coordinates assigned activities with other District departments, divisions, outside agencies, and the public; fosters cooperative working relationships among District departments and with intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and various public and private groups; provides highly responsible and complex professional assistance to the Designated Executive Administrator and other District administrative staff in areas of expertise; and performs related work as required.

The Chief Safety Officer is an integral part in the College's management team and has a highly visible role in the campus community and surrounding communities. Dedication to the mission of Southwestern Community College, collegial collaboration, stakeholder involvement, campus interaction and participation, accountability at all levels within the agency and unquestionable personal and professional ethics are essential. Ensures training and professional development for all campus safety officers focused on coaching and education of students on campus rules and regulations.

1. Develops, directs, and coordinates the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the College Police Department; within District policy, establishes appropriate service and staffing levels; confers with the District administration and elected officials in the planning and implementation of efficient and effective public safety measures designed to meet community expectations and needs.
2. Represents the College Police Department to other District departments, the Governing Board, and outside agencies; communicates departmental programs, policies, and activities to a variety of campus constituencies, including student and faculty groups. Anticipates and takes proactive measures to, negotiate and resolve significant and controversial issues within limits of authority. The Chief Safety Officer must be an equity-minded individual committed to providing excellent customer service and community policing.
3. Builds and fosters Police-Community relations with the various campus communities that include faculty, staff and students; their associations and clubs. Encourages restorative justice efforts by collaboration with other college departments, maintains transparency of department operations by fostering feedback from service communities and ensures department personnel operate within the bounds of procedural justice and in a manner that promotes equity and inclusivity.
4. Manages and participates in the development and administration of the department's budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, vehicles, equipment, and supplies; approves expenditures and directs their monitoring; directs the preparation and implementation of budgetary adjustments.
5. Monitors legal, regulatory, technological, and societal changes that may affect the work of the department; determines appropriate equipment acquisition, training programs and procedural changes to ensure retention of qualified staff and the provision of services to the community in an effective, efficient, and economical manner.
6. Provides leadership and administrative expertise during major emergency situations and natural disasters utilizing Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) regulations, including call back of personnel and equipment resources, providing active management of emergencies and disasters utilizing District's emergency action and participating in organizing, planning and practicing EMS training.
7. Oversees investigations and ensures proper reporting related to the apprehension and arrest of violators; directs the preparation and maintenance of a variety of narrative and statistical reports, including reports required under the Clery Act.
8. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities:
Contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access, and equity as related to higher education.
Recent and ongoing developments, current literature, sources of information, and relevant issues related to higher education (specifically community college) the operations of a College Police and Safety Department.
Equity in policing and the use of reliable data to diagnose disparities in policing to shed light on policing practices on campus and to ensure fair, just, and equitable policing across the District.
Safety practices and equipment related to law enforcement and community service work.
Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, budget development, program development, implementation, and evaluation.
General principles of risk management related to the functions of campus public safety.
Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, court decisions, and regulations concerning the operation of a College Safety/Police department.
Methods and techniques for the development of presentations, business correspondence, research, and reporting, and information distribution.
Law enforcement principles, practices, and techniques related to patrol, parking and traffic enforcement, crime scene control and investigation, and protection of life and property.
Investigation and identification techniques and equipment.
English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation.
Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively interacting with students, staff, faculty, representatives of outside organizations, and members of the public, including individuals of diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, physical ability, and sexual orientation.

Interact effectively with individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, including effective de-escalation strategies in stressful or confrontational situations.
Use tact, initiative, prudence, ethics, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
Collaboratively and productively with all stakeholders, including faculty, students, administrators, support staff, unions, and the community.
Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, local, and District laws, regulations, ordinances, policies, and procedures.
Analyze data on policing practices to intentionally identify and remove any practices that do not foster a safe and welcoming community where all are inspired to participate and realize a sense of belonging.
Review and analyze data on policing practices to purposefully identify and address any systemic inequalities and effects of identified inequalities and propose actionable plans to eliminate inequalities. Effectively administer special projects and ensure compliance with contractual agreements.
Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present administrative and technical information and data in an effective manner.
Identify and be responsive to both campus and external community issues, concerns, and needs.
Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
Gather and analyze data, evaluate alternatives, and make sound recommendations.
Make sound, independent decisions in emergency and non-emergency situations.
Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in criminal justice, law enforcement, or a related field; including Social Sciences.
Five (5) years of experience, at the Sergeant level or above, supervising Peace Officers.

Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)

Desirable Qualifications:

Unrepresented Administrator, Steps 1-5, $10,607.75-$12,894.00. An excellent benefits package which includes medical, vision, dental, retirement, vacation, generous sick leave package, and life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents. This position is a classified exempt position in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and California Education Code Section 88020. The employee holding this position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Start Date

As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the subsequent governing board approval.

Screening Deadline
All application materials must be received on-line at Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review.

Work Schedule:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Approximately) Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).

Additional Information:
We regret we are unable to accept faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand delivered application materials. Only complete application materials submitted through SWC online system will be accepted. To complete and submit your application for this position, please visit our online employment website at All required information must be submitted online before the review date and time indicated on the job posting.

A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Human Resources Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619) 482-6395 or e-mail to

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the review deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for. All materials included in your application packet become District property, will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions (only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA Community College Credential.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security Report Southwestern College is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report is available on the SWCPD website at

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security Report, which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC College Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (619) 482-6390.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC College Police Department.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) More information about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page (

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